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Michigan Sheriff Explains Enforcement Discretion and Much More

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A beautiful study in rhetoric. Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy explains why he is refusing to enforce Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders. Early on in the video, he explains that of course one must choose which laws to enforce and which not to. This relates to my critique of Luigi Zingales and some of the interesting discussion that followed in the comments on my post. I call it a beautiful study in rhetoric because early on he says that he’s not trying to persuade anyone. Instead, he wants to explain why he’s doing what he’s doing. He does the latter very well, which also helps achieve the former. If you think the person talking to you is not trying to persuade you, your defenses typically fall. By the way, notice his point that some of the provisions that

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Michigan Sheriff Explains Enforcement Discretion and Much More

A beautiful study in rhetoric.

Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy explains why he is refusing to enforce Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders. Early on in the video, he explains that of course one must choose which laws to enforce and which not to. This relates to my critique of Luigi Zingales and some of the interesting discussion that followed in the comments on my post.

I call it a beautiful study in rhetoric because early on he says that he’s not trying to persuade anyone. Instead, he wants to explain why he’s doing what he’s doing. He does the latter very well, which also helps achieve the former. If you think the person talking to you is not trying to persuade you, your defenses typically fall.

By the way, notice his point that some of the provisions that Whitmer wanted enforced, such as the one on motorboats, were not even in any of the Executive Orders.

In case watching a 14-minute video seems like too much of a time commitment, notice that you need only watch the first 11 minutes.

David Henderson
David Henderson is a British economist. He was the Head of the Economics and Statistics Department at the OECD in 1984–1992. Before that he worked as an academic economist in Britain, first at Oxford (Fellow of Lincoln College) and later at University College London (Professor of Economics, 1975–1983); as a British civil servant (first as an Economic Advisor in HM Treasury, and later as Chief Economist in the Ministry of Aviation); and as a staff member of the World Bank (1969–1975). In 1985 he gave the BBC Reith Lectures, which were published in the book Innocence and Design: The Influence of Economic Ideas on Policy (Blackwell, 1986).

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